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F1 Podium: Three Bets for the 2018 Monaco Grand Prix

Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull Monaco Grand Prix Formula One

The Monaco Grand Prix is one of the most celebrated events of the motor sports calendar and the 2018 edition is not short of great betting value. Considering Lewis Hamilton has recorded back-to-back wins entering this weekend, things are getting competitive with the crown jewel of the F1 season set to go.

Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel won the first two races of the year with Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo winning in China before Hamilton scored victories in Azerbaijan and Spain. Hamilton now sits atop the drivers standings with 95 points – 17 points ahead of Vettel.

With that in mind, and following Thursday’s impressive practice runs, it is Ricciardo who is co-favorite with teammate Max Verstappen. The young Red Bull drivers are both sitting at +225 at online book Bovada with Vettel +300 and Hamilton +400 as of late Thursday afternoon.

There is still plenty to see with practices and qualifying, but the value at the top of the oddsboard is plentiful as it stands. It’s been a great start to the season and the prestigious Monaco Grand Prix will be no exception.

Let’s take a look at three value picks to spice things up for what looks to be a great race weekend with the Indy 500 and Coca-Cola 600 set to go as well.

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P1: Daniel Ricciardo to Win (+225)

As this race preview was published after Thursday’s practice runs, Ricciardo posted the quickest lap times in both sessions and things are looking good for the Aussie and his Red Bull team.

Ricciardo has always driven well here since moving from Toro Rosso to Red Bull ahead of the 2014 season. In four Grands Prix here with Red Bull, he has finished P3, P5, P2 and P3 from ’14 to ’17.

The 2018 season has run both hot and cold for Ricciardo as he won the Chinese Grand Prix but had retirements in Bahrain and Azerbaijan to bookend that checkered flag-winning run.

Ricciardo currently sits fifth in the drivers standings on 47 points, just one behind Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen and 11 behind Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas.

As far as betting value is concerned, it’s always worth a punt on Danny Ric. Considering the way he drove on Thursday and the way the Red Bull looks, it might be his time to grab P1 in Monaco.

P2: Sebastian Vettel Pole Position (+400)

Considering the last time a winner of the Monaco Grand Prix won from pole position was Nico Rosberg back in 2014, we might as well take a shot with last year’s race winner to qualify at the front of the grid for this price.

Yes, Vettel recorded his second Monaco Grand Prix victory one year ago as he finished +3.145 ahead of Kimi Raikkonen as the famous red livery of Ferrari finished P1 and P2.

The German was decent in Thursday’s practice runs, posting the fourth-fastest time in FP1 and third-fastest time in FP2, but the gap between the Red Bulls and Vettel’s Ferrari lessened in the second run.

Lewis Hamilton is being offered at the same price to get pole position so a bet on him wouldn’t go amiss either. That said, when we consider Toto Wolff’s recent comments that his Mercedes team was poised to lag behind both Red Bull and Ferrari this weekend, maybe back the German.

P3: Carlos Sainz Jr. Top-Three Finish (+2000)

Sure, we’re getting a little crazy considering the odds, but this is a wager that will give you good reason to pull for the young Spaniard this weekend.

In his albeit brief career in Formula 1, Sainz has gotten progressively better in the Monaco Grand Prix, culminating with a P6 finish with Toro Rosso one year ago.

The Renault is a superior package and some of Sainz’s results this season make this long-shot wager worth the risk. Sainz enters Monaco with a P9 in China, P5 in Azerbaijan and P7 in Spain in his last three races.

Sainz is ninth in the drivers standings with 19 points but 18 of those have come in those last three races and it feels like he’s getting more and more comfortable in the R.S.18.

Nico Hulkenberg, his Renault teammate, and Fernando Alonso, his fellow countryman, are both being offered at the same price.

2018 Monaco Grand Prix Odds
Daniel Ricciardo (Red Bull)+225
Max Verstappen (Red Bull)+225
Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari)+300
Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)+400
Kimi Raikkonen (Ferrari)+1400
Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes)+1600
Lance Stroll (Williams)+2500
Fernando Alonso (McLaren)+25000
Carlos Sainz (Renault)+50000
Nico Hulkenberg (Renault)+50000
Kevin Magnussen (Haas)+75000
Esteban Ocon (Force India)+100000
Sergio Perez (Force India)+100000
Stoffel Vandoorne (McLaren)+100000
Pierre Gasly (Toro Rosso Honda)+150000
Brendon Hartley (Toro Rosso Honda)+150000
Romain Grosjean (Haas)+150000
Charles Leclerc (Alfa Romeo Sauber)+200000
Sergey Sirotkin (Williams)+300000
Marcus Ericsson (Alfa Romeo Sauber)+300000

Odds as of May 24 at Bovada